North Texas student arrested for planning 'ISIS-inspired' mass shooting at mall

Daniel Fowler
May 3, 2018

A 17-year-old boy in Plano, Texas, has been arrested for allegedly plotting a mass shooting attack inspired by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militant group at a shopping mall, law enforcement agencies said on Wednesday (May 2).

Azizi-Yarand, who lives with his mother and father in Plano, is now in jail with a $3 million bond, facing life in prison if convicted of criminal solicitation and up to 10 years for making a terroristic threat. Azizi-Yarand had already sent out almost two-thousand dollars to purchase weapons and tactical gear and was trying to recruit others to join him in the horrific plot, authorities said.

He solicited other individuals to assist him in the mass shooting attack, the affidavit said.

Azizi-Yarand is charged with criminal solicitation of capital murder and making a terroristic threat.

Azizi-Yarand is now being held at the Collin County Detention Center on $3 million bail.

Azizi-Yarand was inspired by Islamic State to conduct the attack, which he planned to carry out in mid-May, the affidavit said.

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The suspect also discussed various possible targets for a domestic USA attack, including a school. Apparently, the plan came to light because he allegedly discussed his intentions online with an Federal Bureau of Investigation undercover source beginning in December.

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When the agent asked if he'd given much thought to a target, Azizi-Yarand said he'd thought of different ways to carry out his plans.

According to the affidavit, Azizi-Yarand claims he was working in the name of ISIS and even wrote a manifesto explaining why...citing America's "War against Muslims".

His arrest was the result of investigative work by the FBI, Frisco police and Plano police, the district attorney's office said. In December, he shared a document from Eric Harris - one of the attackers from the 1999 Columbine High School shooting - that contained details on how to build a pipe bomb.

He's being held at the Collin County jail on a $US3 million bond. "I would like to thank all the local and federal partners who worked on this case for the teamwork displayed in keeping our North Texas community safe".

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